It wasn't a good day for the playoffs on Saturday, with Bradenton losing 5-4 to even up their series, while Altoona had their game rained out. Everything I wrote for Brandon Waddell in yesterday's Morning Report still stands today, so you can check that link out if you want to read up on him and his match-up with Akron. Altoona needs to win today or their season is over. From the prospect standpoint, the big game will be in Bradenton tonight.
Mitch Keller pitched the first game of the playoffs back on Tuesday and he went 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out eight batters. It was his second start for Bradenton and besides the strikeouts, it was nothing like the first game when he threw six shutout innings. That playoff start was the first time...
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